Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Don't worry we got a pill for that.

As seen on a T shirt advertisement for a clever chiropractor

I take aspirin for the headache caused by the Zyrtec I take for the hay fever I got from Relenza for the uneasy stomach from the Ritalin I take for the Short attention span caused by the scopederm T's I take for the motion sickness I got from the Lomotil I take for the diareah caused by the Zenikal for the uncontrolled weight gain from the Paxil I take for the anxiety from the Zocor I take for my high cholesterol because diet and exercise and regular chiropractic care are just too much trouble.

It is incredible we get so many commercials on television for these drugs where they spend the entire time listing the possible side effects that these drugs may cause. Magazines are full of three page ads explaining the side effects of their prescriptions. Sometimes I think I would rather live with the symptom than live with the side effects of these drugs. Oh, and then there are the new drugs that you didn't know you needed until you hear it on the TV.  The commercials go something like this, "Is your bellybutton misshapen, we can fix it. Is your big toe a little too large Dr John's shrinking cream will have that big toe back to the right size within two weeks time." You go to the doctor and it is like this, "You only take three prescription drugs? I will help you keep up with the Jones' who take seven prescription drugs a piece." Oh you have a family history...... you better take this pill "just in case".  And now there is, "You have Pre-whatever they think you might get"

Family history and genetics are only a very tiny part of the risk factors for so many of the preventable diseases that we worry so much about. (Did you catch that..... preventable diseases). Yes, Diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, autoimmune diseases, and many forms of cancer are preventable diseases.  These things can be prevented and even reversed by treating the body well. Your food  and lifestyle choices can help or harm you. I choose to eat food that is nourishing and helps my body to run well. I am starting to be actively engaged in my health. There are many things I can do to prevent getting these dreaded diseases that those who sell the test equipment and prescriptions have convinced us all that we are going to get. They have convinced us that it is all a matter of time until we all get these diseases and there is nothing you can do. I call bullcrap on them. It is hard because society is so overwhelmed with this stuff that makes it easy to live the bad lifestyle and seeming impossible to escape.  But it can be done. 

I agree with Hippocrates. Let medicine be thy food. Eat well and live well.  

Come back often here at life less hurried for tips and tricks on how to live a healthy lifestyle in an unhealthy world. 


  1. I have that quote from Hippocrates on a bumper sticker on my car. :-)

    Meals over pills any day!

  2. You are so right! We can heal our bodies by eating the right foods. I was sick for about a year and all the doctor did was advise me to take medicine to control the symptoms. None of my doctors asked me about my diet. Once I changed my diet, the symptoms went away. It didn't happen overnight, but in short time I went from too sick to do anything to running around with my kids again. That is the power of food, not medicine.

    1. We have taken a big swing from one side to the other. It used to be that the doctor would advise diet and excercise, but the patients would be like "really Doc, give me something more, don't you have a pill for that?" We may have started it, but big business has really taken over it.

      With the advent of big business, things have changed. Nowdays the doctors training is funded by big business. It is not about healing anymore, it is about doctors being the marketing machines for the big pharmacutical companies.

      Diet is so funded by those who want to sale you thier products. Big business is making the food quicker and easier, but also so much unhealthier, yet they have all these health claims on the labels to make you think that it is all healthy. It is all smoke and mirrors.

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